NC State fans no longer need to worry that the record for most rushing yards in Atlantic Coast Conference history could be held by a somewhat nondescript back from a program that has held conference membership for a metaphorical nanosecond rather than our own, Ted Brown. when it was announced today that Boston College’s Montel Harris has been dismissed from the Eagles’ program.
Senior running back Montel Harris has been dismissed from the Boston College football team due to a repeated violation of team rules, Coach Frank Spaziani announced today.
“Montel Harris has been permanently dismissed from our football team due to a repeated violation of team rules,” Spaziani said. “We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits.”
Harris (Jacksonville, Fla.) became BC’s all-time rushing leader (3,735) last season in the Wake Forest game but has been sidelined recently with a knee injury.
The following is quoted from a News & Observer article last year that rightfully proclaimed Brown the greatest running back in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
By the time Brown ended his career with the Pack – a total of 43 games – he had rushed for 4,602 yards and 51 touchdowns, plus 82 pass receptions for another 760 yards. Those totals don’t include 399 additional rushing yards in three bowl games.
Brown’s rushing record still stands, although Boston College’s Montel Harris will begin 2011 with 3,600 yards through 37 games.
That the record has stood this long continues to surprise Brown.
“Oh, gosh, yes, I’m surprised by that,” Brown, 54, said. “I sort of keep an eye on who’s doing what, but I’m not jealous of that record at all. Somebody will go past me, and that’s fine. That’s the way it should be in sports.